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Bill MacFarland
Guided by its vision - a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid - The Grey Muzzle Organization makes grants throughout the United States expressly for programs designed to improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs. We invite shelters, rescue groups, sanctuaries, and other non-profit organizations, whose activities include helping senior dogs, to apply for these grant funds. Since 2008, Grey Muzzle has provided over $1,000,000 in grants for senior dog programs to 108 non-profit organizations in 32 states! Grants typically range from $2,500 to $7,500. Our ability to make grants to help senior dogs depends entirely on the generosity and support of the public and other donors. 

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Our Call for 2018 Grant Applications is now CLOSED!

Applications received by the March 16th deadline are currently under review and more information will follow in due course.

Grants webinar: February 22, 2018 (click to view recording)

A Grey Muzzle grant helped Bosco get back his smile! He's looking for a forever home at Tyson's Place in Jamestown, MI.
To improve our granting process, better support our grantees, and grow our organization in the most efficient manner, The Grey Muzzle Organization has one grant cycle annually


Your organization must be:

  • A 501(c)(3) as defined by the IRS
  • Willing to host an on-site visit by a Grey Muzzle board member

The specific program for which you are applying must:

  • Benefit senior dogs exclusively
  • Have well-defined goals
  • Include measurable outcomes


Swim therapy!
Please note that innovative programs not specifically listed may also be considered.
  1. Create or help expand foster programs specifically focused on finding homes for senior dogs.
  2. A program to prevent owners from surrendering senior dogs to shelters as a result of economic circumstances.
  3. Medical care and other programs that increase the potential for senior dogs to be adopted.
  4. Medical expenses for in-home, short-term hospice care for senior dogs who are unable to be medically rehabilitated but who can live their final days in a place of love, security and peace.
  5. Long-term, in-home care programs for senior dogs who are not adoptable.
  6. A program to help people find new homes for senior dogs when they can no longer keep them. In particular, working with senior citizens who must relinquish their senior dogs due to a change in circumstances, such as moving to assisted living.
  7. Helping senior dogs give back to society; for example, training senior dogs as therapy dogs or involving the dogs in activities sponsored  by assisted care facilities.
  8. Building a Seniors-for-Seniors adoption program.

Introducing Grey Muzzle's House with a Heart Fund for Seriously Senior Dogs

Grey Muzzle is pleased to partner with House with a Heart (HWAH) on a new pilot grant program. As you may know, House with a Heart is a senior pet sanctuary offering a "helping hand" to senior pets who have lost their families through no fault of their own.

Together, we're presenting the House with a Heart Fund for Seriously Senior Dogs. Grant(s) will be awarded to organizations for programs that provide dogs age 12 and older with medical/dental care, adoption placement, and hospice care. A limited number of HWAH Seriously Senior Dog grants will be given, though programs focusing on significantly older dogs will still be eligible for Grey Muzzle grants. 

Once your grant is approved

  • You must provide a final report using the Grant Report form which we will provide and participate in a mid-grant phone interview to discuss what’s working, challenges faced, and lessons learned.
  • You may be asked to submit brief success stories and photographs from the Grey Muzzle-funded program.
  • You must consent to Grey Muzzle using any pictures or stories from your program in our printed or online media and marketing materials.  We always acknowledge our grant recipients when using their pictures or stories.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at